Leading in the New Normal of a Pandemic World

Leading in the New Normal of a Pandemic World is an intensive dialogue between religious leaders and scholars on the intersectional nature of “Leadership” in and beyond a time of pandemic. This conversation will be live-streamed Tuesday, 28 April 2020 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am ET.

The Corona Virus Disease of 2019, or COVID-19, has led to an unprecedented global health crisis that has directly infected over two million people and taken the lives of over 100,000 individuals around the globe [1]. Individuals and communities alike are struggling to accept radical change in their day-to-day experience and to adopt new modalities for how to function in the world together, while physically kept apart.

In this ever-evolving context, leaders of thought and of spiritual expression are reflecting on a rapidly changing notion of leadership, one that may never return to the old “normal.” Despite the physical distance necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the interrelatedness of human challenges and human potential has never been more apparent, further demonstrating the necessity of a holistic approach to leadership. The current situation also presents a profound opportunity for leaders to recognize and shape the emerging vision of a post-pandemic future.

It is in this spirit that Religions for Peace (RfP) and the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) have partnered to pioneer an intensive dialogue between scholars and religious leaders on the intersectional nature of “Leadership” as it relates to and is shaped by diverse areas of focus, in and beyond a time of pandemic.

The pilot workshop will be held virtually via the Zoom Webinar platform on Tuesday, 28 April 2020.


Professor Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace
Professor Dr. William Storrar, Director, Center of Theological Inquiry


Professor Liz Grant, Assistant Principal (Global Health), and Co-Director, Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr. Elisabet Le Roux, Research Director, Unit for Religion and Development Research, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Dr. Frederick Simmons, Templeton Foundation Research Scholar in theology and science, Research Assistant Professor in Ethics at Boston University, USA


Rev. Megumi Wada (Buddhist, Japan); Deputy Chair, International Women’s Coordinating Committee; Director, International Interreligious Cooperation, Rissho Kosei-kai, Japan; Former Director of General Affairs, RfP Japan
Dr. Kamal Boraiq’a Abdelsalam Hassan (Muslim; Egypt); Dept. of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Languages and Translation, Al-Azhar University
Bishop Gunnar J. Stålsett (Christian, Norway); Bishop Emeritus of Oslo, Church of Norway; Honorary President, RfP
Chief Rabbi David Rosen, KSG CBE (Jewish, Israel); International Director, Department of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee; Co-President, RfP
Hon. Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza (Muslim, Tunisia); First Vice-President, Constitutional Assembly; Secretary, Association for Women’s Progress; Co-President, RfP
Venerable Seng Yeath Yon (Buddhist, Cambodia); Secretary-General, RfP-Cambodia Inter-Religious Council
Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi (Muslim; Scotland); Chief Imam and Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society; International Trustee, RfP
Prof. Dr. Anantanand Rambachan (Hindu, United States); Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College; Co-President, RfP


Tuesday, 28 April 2020 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am ET (US)

1:00 pm – Scotland & Tunisia | 2:00 pm – Egypt & Norway | 7:00 pm – Cambodia | 9:00 pm – Japan

Public registration for this webinar is open. Please register here: https://religionsforpeace.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VxOtI6MuQm2bv_0-R-PoSQ

Because registration is limited, we will also be live-streaming the event on the Religions for Peace Facebook page and live-tweeting from @religions4peace. The event will be available on YouTube after its conclusion.

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